The LG G Watch R was presented by its manufacturer last August and it had no difficulty in making an impression. It must also be said that connected watches with a circular dial do not run the streets. Still, the beauty arrived at my place last Friday, and it has been hanging on my wrist for a few days.
So are you ready ? Let's go !
And we start right away with the characteristics of the watch, just to refresh your memory.
The LG G Watch R has a 1.3-inch circular P-OLED screen, a screen capable of displaying a resolution of 320 × 320 for a pixel density of 245 ppi. It is powered by a Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2 GHz , with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage .
Its 410 mAh battery is supposed to give it 41 hours of standby time. The watch benefits from an IP67 treatment and is therefore able to resist water and dust. LG has also opted for a wireless charging system … proprietary.
But the most beautiful asset of the device, ultimately, is its heart rate sensor. Through it, the watch will be able to measure our efforts more effectively.
Otherwise, well it also integrates an accelerometer, a Bluetooth 4.0 chip and a microphone, all for a weight not exceeding 62 grams on the scale.
The price of the beast? € 269 on average.
Package, Design & Ergonomics
LG has opted for a neutral case and the Watch R box is therefore satisfied with the bare minimum. A dark dress, the name of the watch inscribed in gold letters, a reminder of its features, it goes straight to the point and is rather pretty to look at after all.
Inside, we will find a lot of things and in particular the watch (still happy), its charging station, a cable, a power supply unit and the usual documentation.
As indicated just above, the Watch R gives pride of place to wireless charging. Bad luck, LG has opted for a proprietary system and you will have to remember to take the charging station with you in all circumstances.
The watch is rather massive, and quite heavy. This is not very surprising since its dial is entirely made of metal. It is also very pleasant to the touch and its finishes are simply exemplary. No, without laughing, it's really a very beautiful piece.
The same goes for the leather strap provided. If it is a little too rigid, it is nonetheless very comfortable to wear. Note also that the watch is compatible with all 22 mm straps on the market.
The dial is a bit thicker than that of the Moto 360. On the other hand, the screen is not broken and there is no black band anywhere.
On the left side, we will find the one and only button of the watch. It will give us access to its main menu. Not surprisingly, the heart rate monitor is hidden inside the dial, on the face in contact with the skin. This is also where the pins used to charge the watch are integrated.
The LG G Watch R is a very beautiful object, it is undeniable, but I also think that it is not suitable for all wrists. If you are rather short, rather frail, with very thin cuffs, it may seem huge, heavy and uncomfortable.
You might have understood it, but the LG G Watch R made a very good impression on me. It is really very elegant and it ultimately comes very close to a real watch.
I obviously had time to play with it during the weekend and I admit that I am hooking more and more to Android Wear. The platform is simple , intuitive and ultimately constitutes an excellent entry point to the smartphone. Especially on the go, by the way, since it is no longer necessary to take the phone out of your pocket to send emails or SMS. The same goes for the management of alarms and reminders.
What about the SmartWatch 3 then? The two products are very different from each other. I think the Sony watch is more aimed at sportsmen and runners. The Watch R is more urban, more anchored in everyday life.
It should be noted that these are only my very first impressions. I do not yet have enough hindsight to judge these products. In the meantime, we'll leave with my video and don't hesitate to throw in your questions if you have any.